"Lullworth" beginning his long career at sea. He spent the next nine years as an able seaman on various coasting and foreign going vessels until achieving his first post as master of the yacht "Elaine" in 1875. In 1877 he became master of the cutter "Excelsior". It was on this vessel that George set sail from Southampton on 25th July 1877, (a beautiful and serene summers day according to the cricket match reports in the local paper) possibly negotiating or just missing the violent storm that hit the south coast that night. The storm claimed the life of his eldest brother, Alfred, his sister in law Clara, and Clara's cousin Mary Jane Barnes, just hours after George had left for France. Later that same year George married Jane Wood on 12th December 1877 at St Johns Free Church, Southampton, by certificate. The witnesses were his uncle Robert Knights and his sister Emma. On his marriage certificate, George's address is given as 41 Clifford Crescent, Southampton and his occupation as seaman.
George and Jane had four children, George Alfred, b. 1878, Frances Elizabeth, b. 1880, Mabel Ann, b. 1884, and William Edward, b. 1887. In 1880 George gained his Board of Trade certificate of competency as second mate, enabling him to sail in this position on larger foreign going vessels which had become required by law. In 1888 after 10 years of marriage, his wife Jane died leaving George a widower with four young children to care for. A few months later on 1st May 1888 George took up a post with the Egyptian government as master of the coast guard levy "Egyptian Warrior" and remained in Egypt for 4 years. His eldest daughter Frances, was sent to live with her mother's family in Surrey and his other children George, Mabel and William, who was just nine months old, were cared for by George's father Alfred, in Hythe.
In 1895 George gained his Masters Certificate and is listed in Lloyd's Captain's Register as certificate no. 07903, issued Southampton. His application to be examined describes George as being 5' 4 1/2" tall, of dark complexion with dark hair and blue eyes. George married again in 1896 to Alice Louisa Foyle, (1860 - 1941) the daughter of Charles and Louisa Foyle. By 1900 George had become master of the "Artemis" a 54 ton sailing yacht, owned by architect Frank Loughborough Pearson.
George died on 23rd November 1925 aged 75 years, at 63 Charlton Road, Shirley, Southampton, cause of death, 1, cancer of the rectum, 2, asthma, the informant was his wife Alice who was present at the death. George left a will dated 14th November 1912 which was proved at Winchester 28th December 1925. He left everthing to his wife who was sole Executrix. Value of estate; £837 18s 1d. George was buried in Southampton Old Cemetery with both his wives Jane and Alice.
Jane Wood (known as Jenny) was born on 13th November 1854 in St Marylebone, London, Middlesex. Although on her marriage certificate she gives her father's name as William Wood and his occupation as gardener, her birth certificate shows her to have been born in the St Marylebone work house, the illegitimate daughter William's sister Jane Wood. It appears that she was adopted by her mother's family and she may have believed that William was her father or looked upon him as such (both are represented here) Jenny grew up in the village of Kingswood, Surrey and by 1861 she was living in Dorking, Surrey. When she married in 1877 she was living at 32 South Front, Southampton, the home of her husband's uncle and aunt, Robert and Emma Knights. Jenny died on 15th February 1888 at 13 Castle Street, Southampton, aged 33 years, cause of death - pluro pneumonia bronchitis. The informant was her husband George who was present at the death. She was buried in the Southampton Cemetery (now Southampton Old Cemetery, on the Common)
George Alfred Blanchard was born on 28th July 1878 in Freemantle, Southampton. He joined the Royal Navy, serving first on HMS St Vincent on 22nd August 1893 as a Boy 2nd class. On joining at age 15 he is described as being 5' 0 1/2" tall (attaining 5' 4" by age 18) with dark hair, dark brown eyes and a dark complexion and having "I LOVE L.M." on his right wrist. He appears to have served for 10 years without any obvious problems, being promoted to Boy 1st class, Ordinary Seaman, Able Seaman and Leading Seaman, with his character being consistently described as "very good" up until 31st December 1904 when his character is described as "fair". His career seems to have deteriorated dramatically from this point and by August 1905 his character is described as "indifferent" and he spent 14 days in the cells aboard his ship HMS London. He faced a Court Martial on 11th September 1905 for "striking his superior officer". George was found guilty and sentenced to 5 years penal servitude in a naval prison and dismissed from the Royal Navy. After serving his prison sentence George left England for Austrailia and married Daisy Evelyn Brooker in 1921 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. They do not appear to have had any children. He died on 3rd October 1953.